The Federal Government has approved the redeployment of 331 civil servants on directorate level across ministries.
The mass redeployment of the directors was contained in a circular dated September 3, 2020.
The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office, Mahmuda Mamman, on behalf of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan.
Titled “Approved posting of directorate level officers in GL 15-17 under the pool of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation”, the circular directed that all handing and taking over processes by the officials should be completed on or before Friday, September 11, 2020.
According to the circular, “Any disregard for this deployment shall be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rule 030301 (b).”
The aspect of the rule referred to, which is under Section 3 that focuses on misconduct, identifies refusal to proceed on transfer or to accept posting as a form of misconduct.
The section further defines misconduct as a specific act of wrongdoing or an improper behaviour which is inimical to the image of the service and which can be investigated and proved.
According to the rule, such behaviours could lead to termination of appointment and retirement.
A breakdown of the 331 affected officials showed that they included 311 administrative officers and 20 professional officers.
In the case of administrative officers, 67 directors; 102 deputy directors; and 142 assistant directors were affected in the shakeup.
For the professional officers, eight directors; five deputy directors and seven assistant directors were redeployed.
The purposes of redeployment of the officials as indicated in the circular included filling vacancies, to understudying retiring officials and deputising for officials, and in some cases, based on requests.
Recall that the Head of Service had earlier in a circular dated August 28, 2020, announced the approval of President Buhari for the deployment of 12 new permanent secretaries and re-deployment of 13 permanent secretaries.
(With TNG report)